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Palestinian hijacker of Achille Lauro cruise released from jail

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  • Dietmar Muehlboeck
    Palestinian hijacker of Achille Lauro cruise released from jail http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1082089.html Last update - 19:19 30/04/2009 Palestinian
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2009
      Palestinian hijacker of Achille Lauro cruise released from jail

      http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1082089.html

      Last update - 19:19 30/04/2009
      Palestinian hijacker of Achille Lauro cruise released from jail
      By Reuters
      Tags: Achille Lauro, Palestinians

      The leader of the Palestinian guerrillas who hijacked the Italian cruise
      liner Achille Lauro in 1985 and killed an American Jewish passenger has
      been released from prison early, judicial sources said.

      Youssef Magied al-Molqui was released from a Palermo prison on Wednesday
      and a judge had ordered him expelled from Italy, the sources said.

      Al-Molqui, who is married to an Italian woman, served nearly 24 years of
      a 30-year sentence handed down by an Italian court after the hijacking.
      He was released early for good behavior.
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      During the action, four Palestinians shot dead an American Jew, Leon
      Klinghoffer, who was in a wheelchair, and threw his body overboard. His
      corpse washed ashore several weeks later.

      Al-Molqui was held principally responsible for the murder and is
      believed to be the last of the four hijackers who was in prison.

      Klinghoffer's killing was discovered after the hijackers allowed the
      ship to dock in Egypt and they initially managed to escape.

      Later, U.S. fighter jets intercepted an Egyptian plane on which the
      hijackers were trying to flee and forced it to land in Sicily, where the
      four hijackers were arrested.

      Relations between Italy and the United States nosedived at the time
      because Italy allowed Palestinian guerrilla leader Abu Abbas, who had
      masterminded the hijacking and who was aboard the Egyptian plane, to
      escape to then-Yugoslavia.

      In 1996, al-Molqui failed to return to prison after a 12-day leave. He
      was later arrested in Spain. At the time, the United States put a $2
      million bounty on his head
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